The 13th edition of the International Children’s Film Festival Bangladesh began on Friday at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of the Public Library with the slogan 'Future in Frames'.
On the opening day, Sudipta Saha-directed ‘Khoka Jokhon Chhoto Chhilen’ was screened marking the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
German filmmaker Katja Benrath’s ‘Rocca Changes the World’ was also screened.
Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith joined the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest, while State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was present as the special guest.
President of Children’s Film Society Bangladesh Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, General Secretary Munira Morshed Munni, filmmaker and founder of the festival and Children’s Film Society Bangladesh (CFSB) Morshedul Islam and festival Director Fariha Jahin Biva were also present at the ceremony. Festival advisory committee Chairman and art maestro Mustafa Monwar presided over the programme.
The weeklong festival, which is being organised by CFSB, is scheduled to feature 173 films from 39 participating countries including Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Qatar, Korea, Armenia and others.
The films will be screened under different sections – ‘Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers’ Section’, ‘Special Film Competition’, ‘International Competitive Film Section’, ‘Young Bangladeshi Film Section’ and ‘Bangabandhu Through My Lens’ - a new section which was introduced observing the birth centenary of Bangabandhu.
Prominent filmmakers Syed Salahuddin Zaki, Shameem Akhter and Shabnam Ferdousi are the jury board members at the International Competitive Film Section, while young filmmakers Nurul Alam Atiq, Nur Imran Mithu and Abu Shahed Emon are in the jury board of the Young Bangladeshi Film Section.
The Jury board for Bangladeshi Children Filmmakers Section consists of five members who are below 18.
Along with screening selected films, the festival will also feature workshops and interactive sessions with Nehal Quraishi (cinematography), Piplu R Khan (direction), Nahid Masud (sound in films) and Amitabh Reza Chowdhury (storytelling).
The films will be screened at 11am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm at five different venues - Public Library, Bangladesh National Museum, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh.
They are free for all.
CFSB has been organising the festival – one of the biggest film festivals in Bangladesh and also the only international film festival dedicated to children – since 2008.
The festival will conclude on January 31 with an award-giving ceremony.
Chinese thriller "Sheep Without a Shepherd" led the Chinese mainland box office Wednesday, raking in over 12 million yuan (about 1.8 million U.S. dollars) on its 41st day of screening, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Thursday.
The film depicts the story of a father trying to cover up the crime of his daughter, who committed the manslaughter of a police officer's son, dragging her family into struggles against the police.
It was followed by "Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master.
The film grossed about 10.03 million yuan, accounting for 23.5 percent of the daily total, with its total box office revenue exceeding 1.17 billion yuan.
Chinese comedy film "Adoring" ranked third with ticket sales of about 7.68 million yuan.
Eminent Indian artist Anjan Dutt, who is perhaps more famous in Bangladesh as the troubadour of troubled love than a prolific filmmaker in Kolkata’s film industry, made his debut at the Dhaka International Film Festival on Saturday.
Unlike Ranjana, his audience didn’t have to hear that he won’t be back.
Anjan’s latest feature, ‘Finally Bhalobasha’ was screened as part of the ongoing 18th DIFF on Saturday afternoon at the National Museum’s main auditorium.
The filmmaker then attended a special Director’s Presentation followed by Q&A session, where he talked about the presentation of the story, his storytelling and several aspects of the film with members of the audience and journalists.
“I want to see my stories of my films being different from others, so I try to play with my audiences with my storytelling and narratives,” Anjan said on his approach to filmmaking at th3e post-screening session.
Talking about Finally Bhalobasha, he said: “The stories depicted in this film are fragmented but connected- so as the stories of our lives. The movie is a compilation of three stories related to three diseases - Insomnia, Arthritis and HIV, so the characters expressed themselves in dark and brooding tone as the victims of these painful illnesses- however, as the stories unfold further and and connections between the characters are revealed we learn how unconditional love can heal people from inside.”
The eminent filmmaker thanked the organizers of the festival, Rainbow Film Society for arranging and inviting filmmakers from all around the globe.
He also thanked them for showcasing Finally Bhalobasha at DIFF, the first time he was participating in a Bangladeshi film festival with one of his films.
It had to wait till the 24th time he directed one. Finally Bhalobasha was theatrically released on 8 February 2019. The movie features an ensemble cast with Raima Sen, Arjun Chakrabarty, Anirban Bhattacharya, Arindam Sil, Sauraseni Maitra and as is often his wont in one of his films, Anjan Dutt himself.
His son Neel Dutt is the music director of Finally Bhalobasha
"Ip Man 4," the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise "Ip Man" based on the life of a legendary Wing Chun master, led the Chinese mainland box office Wednesday, according to the China Movie Data Information Network Thursday.
The film raked in 13.57 million yuan (about 1.97 million U.S. dollars), with its total box office revenue reaching over 1 billion yuan.
Set in the 1960s, the new film sees Donnie Yen reprising the title role as the kung fu master who travels to the United States to work with Bruce Lee after the latter decides to open a Wing Chun school.
It was followed by the Chinese thriller "Sheep Without a Shepherd," which grossed about 13 million yuan on its 34th day of screening.
Chinese comedy "Adoring" ranked third with ticket sales of 10.9 million yuan.
The Sixth edition of ‘Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema’, as part of Dhaka International Film Festival’s 18th edition, concluded on Monday with a declaration that proposed a goal to increase the worldwide number of women filmmakers by fifty percent within 2020.
The ongoing Dhaka International Film Festival features some of its recurring and acclaimed segments, and the conference again enthralled the film enthusiasts like the previous years, as part of those recurring festivities.
The two-day long international conference was held at the Dhaka Club Samson Lounge in the city which focused on major issues and possible solutions concerning women in the film industry in both national and international sphere.
Focusing the objects such as improving the standard and content of women based cinema and create interaction among the women who are involved in the medium of cinema through exchanging ideas and sharing diverse experiences, a total of six keynote papers were presented in this two-day international conference.
The first day was observed with the presentations on three keynote papers- ‘Recognition of Women Professionals: On and Off the Lens’ by Fatima Amin, faculty of film and television department, Jagannath University; ‘Hard Won Lessons’ by Hannah Fisher, international film programmer, festival director and activist from Toronto, Canada; and ‘New Trends in Feminist Films from South Asia’ by Meenakshi Shedde, journalist and award-winning film critic based in Mumbai, India.
On Sunday, the conference began with three other keynote papers - ‘Reaching Out and Linking Arms Around the World’ by Sydney Levine, trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for festival, international sales and financing strategies from Los Angeles, USA; ‘Bangladeshi Women's Contribution in the Technical Fields of Cinema’ by Chaitali Somadder, independent film-maker, editor and instructor from Dhaka, Bangladesh and ‘TahaderKotha: the Binaries between Public-Private: Depiction of Refugee Women Breadwinners in Post-Partition Bengali Cinema (1950s to 1970s)’ by DrDebjaniHalder, independent filmmaker and film research officer, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
The closing and declaration ceremony was presided over by the conference director Sydney Levine followed by Liberation War Museum Trustee Mofidul Hoque.
Rainbow Film Society initiated this international conference as part of the on-going 18th Dhaka International Film Festival 2020, which began in Dhaka on January 11 and will continue till January 19.